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Community volunteers needed to provide free tax help

November 22, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Last year in Hawai'i, more than 500 residents gave back to their communities as volunteers who provided free tax services by preparing more than 18,000 federal and state individual income tax returns through the IRS' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs.

"The IRS and its partners are once again looking for volunteers that are interested in taking a little time to learn about taxes and then helping others by preparing federal income tax returns for free," said IRS spokesman David Tucker II. "Volunteers are certified to prepare simple tax returns for people whose incomes are $50,000 or less. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to volunteer. There is a role for anyone who is interested and wants to help."

Anyone can be a volunteer; bilingual volunteers are particularly needed. Volunteers can help in three separate capacities: return preparer, site coordinator (supervisor or manager) and greeter.

To volunteer, send an email to taxvolunteer@irs.gov.

More information about the IRS volunteer tax preparation programs is available at www.IRS.gov (keywords: Tax Volunteer).

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